NU Rotary holding Ethics Workshop Thursday

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Rotary Club will hold its annual Ethics Workshop Thursday for 42 junior and senior students attending the high school programs in New Ulm.

New Ulm Public, New Ulm Area Catholic Schools, Minnesota Valley Lutheran School and Riverbend Alternative Learning Center have students participating in this annual community service project.

The focus of the Ethics Workshop is to emphasize that ethical behavior is an everyday concern, not just a buzzword. Situations occur in the school setting, in athletic and extra curricular programs and the workplace on a daily basis that require ethical behavior and decisions to be made.

Activities during the Ethics Workshop provide a format for discussing the implications of ethical decision and dilemmas.

The curriculum for the Ethics Workshop was developed at St. Thomas University by Dr. Kenneth Goodpaster. The St. Thomas materials are used for Ethics Workshops in 36 school district throughout the State of Minnesota.

The local Ethics Workshop is a joint effort between the local school systems and the New Ulm Rotary Club. Each high school principal is requested to identify potential student participants, visit with the student and their parents about participation. Student names from each school system are presented to the New Ulm Rotary Ethics Committee.

The Rotary Committee assigns six students to seven tables on a random basis. A local Rotarian is also assigned to each of the seven tables. All work during the workshop is done at these table settings.

Previous local Ethics Workshop events have been led by Rotary Club members from an Eagan Club. This year, the local Rotary Club members are doing all the presentations. Six Rotary Club members will participate as presenters and another seven will participate as table leaders.

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